Not sure whether I am an empath or just a depressive.
This venue is open for fall to discuss and so you are not imposing. The reason I mentioned seeing people as "mentally Ill" is not like I really think they are mentally ill. In the Buddhist tradition, in which I have practiced, people are perceived as not being enlightened if they don't have right action, right thought, and meditation is a daily practice. The idea is to keep one grounded. It is also considered, in this tradition, that the mind by its very nature is scattered and the task is to keep coming back to a centered and more stable condition. It is a condition that everyone suffers from, and unless one is consciously performing right speech, right action, then one's speech and action can be inappropriate - the Buddhist regard it like being in a state of madness.
Meditation, on a regular, long term basis is a very powerful tool, in grounds you and you are able to deflect attacks, come to decisions more quickly, and speak your mind with careful language.
So in closing "mentally ill" was more of an expression on how to see others, when being attacked, it was meant as a protection to the one being attacked, and not as an excuse for the attacker.
Emails and written dialogue is always hard to communicate what a person means, I hope I have cleared things up.
It is safe to say that every human suffers in the same way, we are all trying to find a way to live - people here seem, although sometimes hurt are def more enlightened than their attackers. Regards.